Eliana Tomaz

Materiality.

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“We were concerned with seeing materials for what they were: the woodiness of wood; the sandiness of sand.”Peter and Alison Smithson

Materiality means the touchy-feely nature of material used in a building/space design – what it is made of and what it feels like.

In interior design and architecture selecting materials is the most important part of the project. We not only have to think the message we are sending, but we must bear in mind the next step too: Interior Styling.

Lately I have been totally inspired by stone. It is a traditional material used from the very earliest days and probably the richest one. The following photos are from Milan, The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele , which was designed in 1861 and built from 1865 to 1877. Next time I will post this building’s ceiling – breathtaking!

Like colors, materials have their own Golden Age. For instance, “concrete is the marble of contemporary architecture” (Tadao Ando), although I believe stone is coming back, and I’m thrilled for that: Spaces become richer, colorful and patterns bring that feeling of style we all need to live surrounded by.




Neo-Classic Style.

{Little Side Note - The first Prada shop opened here, in The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele back in 1913}